2007 Purdue Boilermakers Football Preview
2007 Purdue Boilermakers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Purdue Boilermakers football preview as well as the 2007 Purdue Boilermakers Football Schedule. Dont miss our football picks for college games against the spread and bookmark our college football point spread page offering up to the minute odds & lines.
Coach: Joe Tiller (11th year at Purdue)
Team Name: Boilermakers
2006 Overall Record: 8-6
Returning Starters: 18
The Purdue Boilermakers (8- 6 overall, 5- 3 Big Ten) have not missed a bowl game since 2005 and were last conference champs in 2000. Last season, after finishing tied for fourth in the Big Ten, the Boilermakers appeared in the Champs Sports Bowl where they lost to Maryland 24- 7. Coach Joe Tiller, now in his 10th year and sporting a 75- 49 record, managed to get the team back to the post-season, but Purdue fans expect more.
The offense was ranked 46th nationally, having scored an average of 26.0 PPG. The passing attacked, which was rated sixth in 2007, was especially potent. With three wide, junior QB Curtis Painter (59.4% COMP, 3,985 YDs, 22 TDs, 19 INTs) looks to connect time and again. His favorite receiver looks to be senior Dorien Bryant (87 REC, 1,068 YDs, 6 TDs). Outside wide receivers Selwyn Lymon and Greg Orton are athletic and tall on the outside. Starting running back is up for grabs as Kory Sheets and Jaycen Taylor compete to be served by a veteran frontline.
On defense, senior MLB Dan Bick (95 tackles, 59 solo) is a potent force while All-Big Ten defensive end Anthony Spencer, who was important last season, is gone to the pros. With a defense that could stop neither the run nor the pass, Purdue needs more muscle in the frontline. There's some good experience and speed here but not a lot of bulk. Everyone is looking to senior defensive end Cliff Avril to be the man upfront. The middle of the frontline and secondary are both questionable.
Swing games include home contests against Notre Dame and Iowa. This team can become a major contender if they can shut down opponent offenses. But that will be tough. Look for some improvement this season and more next year.
Purdue Boilermakers Football Schedule
|Sep 8||E Illinois||Home|
|Sep 15||C Michigan||Home|
|Sep 29||Notre Dame||Home|
|Oct 6||Ohio St||Home|
|Nov 3||Penn St||Away|
|Nov 10||Michigan St||Home|
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